Head Doctor Fighting Africa's "Out Of Control" Ebola Epidemic Contracts The Virus

Tyler Durden's picture

A month ago we mapped the current state of the Ebola crisis in Africa, which has claimed over 600 lives in recent months, and which according to the director of operations of medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières, Bart Janssens, has grown into an "epidemic which is totally out of control." He added that "Ebola is no longer a public health issue limited to Guinea: it is affecting the whole of West Africa," urging WHO, affected countries and their neighbours to deploy more resources especially trained medical staff.


Tragically, the "out of control" epidemic has taken a major turn for the worse when the head doctor fighting the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government said.

Health workers take blood samples for Ebola virus testing at a screening
tent in the local government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, June 30, 2014.

According to Reuters, the 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry, was leading the fight to control an outbreak that has killed 206 people in the West African country. Ebola kills up to 90 percent of those infected and there is no cure or vaccine.

Khan, a Sierra Leonean virologist credited with treating more than 100 Ebola victims, has been transferred to a treatment ward run by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, according to the statement released late on Tuesday by the president's office.


Health Minister Miatta Kargbo called Khan a national hero and said she would "do anything and everything in my power to ensure he survives".


Khan told Reuters in late June that he was worried about contracting Ebola. "I am afraid for my life, I must say, because I cherish my life," he said in an interview, showing no signs of ill health at the time.


"Health workers are prone to the disease because we are the first port of call for somebody who is sickened by disease. Even with the full protective clothing you put on, you are at risk."

The tragic escalation was not limited to Khan: three days ago, three nurses working in the same Ebola treatment centre alongside Khan died from the disease.

The only good news, if any, is that even as the epidemic which has raged for months, and now appears to be out of control, it has not spilled out of Africa into other continents yet. On the other hand both the US and now China appears to have a problem with a different viral scourge: bubonic plague. In any event, a deadly viral breakout across three continents may be just what the Keynesian doctor ordered to blast the global economy into that long-delayed "recovery."

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Joebloinvestor's picture

I am just cringing with the thought of WTF are they gonna do when someone is diagnosed in one of the US holding centers.

Ariadne's picture

They won't tell you. Then if it leaks they'll lie.

dobermangang's picture

And if you call them liars, they'll call you racists!

cougar_w's picture

No, they'll lock you up in solitary confinement in a mental ward so you don't shoot your mouth off and stampede the cattle.

Save_America1st's picture

well no kidding...that's not surprising to hear...if they're going to fight ebola with a psychiatrist, of course he's probabaly going to contract it....how would he know how to cure ebola?  It's not a mental disorder. 

kaiserhoff's picture

This is unpossible.  According to the stats in the New York Times, everyone in Africa already died of AIDS.

Publicus's picture

Checkmate, he'll be dead.

Keyser's picture

Ebola breakout in Africa... Plague breakouts in the US and China... Someone has been busy... 


Publicus's picture

Contrast this guy with ISIS fighters who are fearless.

Indian_Goldsmith's picture

Thank God I'm going to die really really soon. I really didnt want to see my dark future.

Four chan's picture

looks like the world heath organization didn't have to inoculate africa with its invention, aids. after all.

FEDbuster's picture

For those whom have not grasped the horror of Ebola, read the 1990's non-fiction book "The Hot Zone" by Richard Preston (pdf here http://learn.flvs.net/educator/common/EnglishIIv10/TheHotZone.pdf).  Stephen King said it was one of the scariest books he ever read.

Ebola hits the US and me and mine are going into a self imposed lock down. 

Wait What's picture

The Plague by Camus is also a good one.

also available for free in pdf form online, but i'll let you find the link.

the long isolated mountain compounds trade is starting to look like a good one.

willwork4food's picture

The Hot Zone was in Reston right? Airborne viral and deadly to...monkeys only. Right next to a children's day retreat...and just up the road from me. Scary as hell.

sushi's picture

Mmmm let's see.

360 cases in June 2014

600 cases in July 2014

1200 cases in August 2014.


Sometime in December 2014 this story will be picked up by the MSM and the S&P will head for the moon.

Or maybe we will all be dead in which case the S&P is heading for Uranus.


logicalman's picture

If I'm dead, I'm not worried about Uranus or mine.

Paveway IV's picture

What?? "...600 cases in July 2014...1200 cases in August 2014..."??

There are already 660+ deaths from EVD and 1093 cases reported - and it's not even the end of July.

Ebola chart porn from Ian Mackay (He's Australian, but that's OK!)

Dave's picture

I read that book when it first came out. Scared the shit out of me.

Dudeskis's picture

I read this freaking book when I was 12. I have no clue how I got ahold of it. I'm sure my parents were like, "Yippie, our son is such a voracious reader." No.

I can tell you the year I read it from the info graphic, 1995. About the time I finished the book a huge outbreak was all over the news, throwing me in to panic attacks. Good times.

WhackoWarner's picture

Microsoft? Gates Foundation? NSA?

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

Anyone else on here ever read tom clancys 'rainbow six'. It starts out with an Ebola virus, what happens next is quite scary. Some environmental nut jobs try to spread the virus, scare everyone, then give everyone a vaccine that really just gives them the disease and kills them. Seemed like a crazy idea and a good book 10 years ago, downright terrifying now.

Antifaschistische's picture

you should all be ashamed of yourselves.....this Doctor is a HERO and deserves a trip to the White House to have dinner with the President and his Cabinet...to be followed by handshaking photo opportunities for the world to see how the President discriminates against no one.

pelican's picture

Sounds like it is time for a massive incendiary device in that area of the world.

WhackoWarner's picture

More than dinner. I suggest a welcome kiss and blood exchange.

BlindMonkey's picture

You sir, should be in charge of things for a while.

chumbawamba's picture

On the bright side, you'll be isolated from the virus.

On the serious side, assuming this is not just another cynical ploy to manipulate our emotions: prayers to the good doctor.

I am Chumbawamba.

willwork4food's picture

Yes, the Doctor has balls of steel that would make many US Marine mercenaries blush.

ugmug's picture

Obama is going to send out a fund raising mailing stating that the Democrat party will send anyone that donates $2500 a vial of lamb's blood to put across a door just in case there is a God.

americanreality's picture

You're trying too hard. 

ugmug's picture


Psalm 111:10


10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.

    To him belongs eternal praise.

scrappy's picture

I suggest a modified lighter Astronaut type suit - really

logicalman's picture

I doubt anyone coming to the US from Sierra Leone will come across the Mexican border.

Air travel is the real threat when it comes to pandemics.

Ignorance is another big problem.

You seem to suffer from it.

Joebloinvestor's picture

Your ignorance is not reading it as a "what if" scenario.

All someone has to do is smuggle in some contaminated body fluids and expose some people.

logicalman's picture

Speaking of 'what ifs'............

You can't be serious!

OldPhart's picture

Yeah, well, fuck you.

(Official War Criminal Obama Administration response.)

Dudeskis's picture

I know agents have reported that very few are getting medically screened and when they do it's little more than asking a few questions and deciding if they look sick.

Unless someone is crashing and bleeding in the detention center it's likely the virus is already inside our borders.

AladdinSaneGirl's picture

Such brave, selfless people.

blu's picture

Given the rate of fatality, I seriously don't know about that. Not wanting to be mean, but about all you can do is comfort the dying here. Until there is a vaccine I don't honestly see the point in risking health care workers like this.

God, it sucks to say that.

But that's how it seems to me. Hard to think that way, but that's how it stands.

Urban Redneck's picture

It's not about comfort, it's about hydration... replacing fluid faster than the victims body can bleed, puke, and shit liquid out of any combination of orifices.

Publicus's picture

Nope, it's about hoping it dies out. And that is why people are hiding from doctors. You got better chances without them.

Urban Redneck's picture

The Ebola dies out in 21 days. Whether the patient dies is a function of hydration, regardless of the patient's proximity to doctors.

samsara's picture

Old middle ages recommendation.

Leave Early,

Go Far,

Stay Long.

dobermangang's picture

He's one brave guy.  Hope he beats the odds.

Oldrepublic's picture

let's hope, that disease has a 90% mortality rate

logicalman's picture

Apparently this particular strain is about 55-60% fatal, so lets hope this guy is one of the 40%

TeamDepends's picture

Get down on your knees and pray

stacking12321's picture


has this action proved any effectiveness, using a scientifically rigorous methodology?

and, if not, aren't you just deluding yourself?


o.t.p.s's picture

Just logged in for upvoting YOU(stacking12321). Like the way you thinking.

Urban Redneck's picture

A friend of mine is a brilliant research scientist (retired). When he was diagnosed with cancer, he did some research, and then came to the very reasoned conclusion, that the relative efficacy of any single treatment is utterly irrelevant, unless you are placing all your eggs in one basket.

Rather than taking mental masturbation and self experimentation to a likely lethal extreme, he selected selected a dozen or tools to throw at it and he didn't care what sticked. He lived.